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Gelede Yoruba Crest Mask (N° 16545)

The Gelede country in Nigeria pays tribute to mothers, especially the oldest of them, whose powers would be comparable to those of the Yoruba gods, or orisa, and ancestors, osi and which can be used for the benefit but also for the misfortune of society. In the latter case these women are named aje . Masked ceremonies, through performances using masks, costumes and dances, are supposed to urge mothers to use their extraordinary qualities for a peaceful and constructive purpose, for the good of society. A summary sculpture of a human bust, wrapped in a snake, rises in the crest of this polychrome mask. The latter displays the specifics of the Yoruba style: large globular eyes and claw scarifications. Abraded epolychrome skate.
During rigorously organized ceremonies, each dancer embodies the deity or character chosen by the mask he wears. This \  

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Originex-collection française
Weight1.35 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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